Archives for August, 2012

Occupational Health News Roundup

UCLA settles with state prosecutors over the death of lab technician Sheri Sangji; investigative reporters in the Bay Area find young children working in the fields; and Australian RAAF firefighters ask the government for compensation for diseases that may be linked to toxic exposures during training.

To the long list of hard-to-pronounce bacteria and viruses that threaten people’s health can now be added one more threat: sequestration. Except sequestration isn’t a disease — well, unless you’d call Congress’ chronic inability to deal with the national debt in a fair and balanced way a disease.

Massachusetts’ Temporary Workers’ Right to Know Act, just passed by the state’s legislature, aims to end the all-too-common exploitation of temporary workers.

After years of diligent and effective advocacy by former Marines and family members, the House voted on July 31, 2012 in favor of the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act (H.R. 1627). The bill’s first section is named after Janey Ensminger, who died of leukemia at age nine after exposure to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune.